A couple of weeks ago in the car, I started singing the ABC’s when suddenly, a little voice behind me began to sing along. He sang some of the letters properly and made just the general sounds for the other letters, but Matthew sang the entire song with me. Our mouths dropped open in surprise. As many times as I had sung the ABC’s to the boys before, Matt had never sung a single letter aloud. From one day to the next, he went from being a simple listener to singing every note!
After that incident, the words started coming in floods, springing us quickly into we’d-better-watch-what-we-say mode. Matt now repeats everything he hears, as if he’s a little parrot. Sometimes it’s extremely cute, like when I call his name from the other room and he responds with, “Matt Matt!” Other times it’s not so cute, like when I’m trying to dress him and he’s running away from me naked while shouting, “Matt, get over here!” (OK, in hindsight, that is pretty cute!)
Matt sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” substituting the word “Angels” for “home team” and finishing with an emphatic “Ball-BAME!” As we put toys away, he sings along to the clean-up song: “Keen-up. Keen-up. Eh-ba, eh-wea.” (Translation: “Clean up. Clean up. Everybody, everywhere.”) And today, when I was reading the twins their Things That Go book for the umpteenth time, Matt finished every sentence for me.
Nate is talking a lot more, too, but not nearly as much as Matt. What’s interesting is that for the first 18 months of the boys’ lives, Nate was always the more verbal twin, while Matt was the more physical one. In fact, Matt started walking at 11 months and Nate didn’t walk until he was 17 months old. But once Nate started going, he was off. Now he’s like a little monkey, climbing everything in sight and scurrying all over the place. He easily scoots up ladders and walks along little balance beams at Gymboree. He fearlessly barrels head-first down huge slides at the park, and he throws balls like a champ.
When it comes to talking, however, Nate may not say much throughout the day, but he’ll lay it all on you when you’re least expecting it. Usually it’s when we’re reading books: I’ll point to various things or characters in the books and he’ll tell me what or who they are. And then I’ll look at Keith and say, “I didn’t know he knows what a dune buggy is!”
While it may seem like Matt is now behind Nate in motor skills, I actually think he’s simply more cautious than Nate. Nate will zoom down stairs feet-first on his belly, while Matt will carefully go down each step. Matt will reach for my hand while stepping gingerly along the balance beam, and he’ll take his time making his way up ladders. In the past couple of weeks, he has also developed a sudden fear of slides. He’ll climb onto the jungle gym at the park and then hover at the top of the slide, trying to work up the nerve to go down. Eventually he’ll give up and make his way back down the steps. Keith and I try our best to ease his fears: We’ll often let him slide down on our laps and he’ll have a blast, but he still won’t do it on his own. I’m hoping he gets over this fear soon enough.
So there you have it—our babies are now officially talking, singing, walking, running, and climbing little boys. And I know that just when Keith and I get used to their respective strengths, they’ll suddenly switch roles again: Nate will start spouting words at lightning speed and Matt will suddenly start scrambling past Nate on the jungle gym. I think I’m going to spend many years just trying to keep up with these guys and all the new things they learn!
On another note, my second Mother’s Day was the most perfect day with my family that I could possibly imagine. We had an amazing brunch at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Not only did the boys eat well and behave, but they also got into a giggle fit that had me, Keith, and everyone at the surrounding tables giggling, too. We then spent nearly two hours at the park, enjoying the beautiful weather. I even got to take a long bubble bath while Keith played with the boys. It was heavenly! Hope all my fellow mommies had a great Mother’s Day as well!